by Matthew Cobb
— Maryam Namazie (@MaryamNamazie) September 27, 2015
The statement by the Warwick University Students’ Union – it was they that had refused her permission to speak, not the University – includes the promise that:
“Warwick SU will issue an unequivocal apology to Maryam Namazie for this egregious and highly regrettable error.”
We want to assure everyone of Warwick Students’ Union’s continued commitment to free speech. We also want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone who has expressed concern, or disappointment, or who has been hurt by this significant error and, as we said above, we will be issuing a full and unequivocal apology to Maryam Namazie.
Speaker invitations that may involve such issues are routinely considered by the SU President, who will also take advice from senior SU staff. This did not happen on this occasion. Neither the SU President, nor senior SU staff, were consulted as they should have been. This is a significant error for which there can be no excuse.